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Waterman's International - Aquabike

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Rock Hall, Maryland
United States
Kinetic Multisport
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 23m 37s
Overall Rank = 6/7
Age Group = AB-F
Age Group Rank = 6/7
Pre-race routine:

Slept in my own bed, got up, packed up, and started the drive out to Rock Hall. Ate two Uncrustables for breakfast as we got in the car. Desperately searched for an open bathroom at 5am, and very nearly stopped on the side of the road.
Arrived at the race site, picked up my packet, and did the usual stickers and transition set up. Stopped by the Team Z tent and the waiting began.
Event warmup:

Putting on the wetsuit definitely got me warmed up! Walked from the Team Z tent over to the swim start...maybe a 3 minute walk.
  • 40m 9s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 41s / 100 meters

I'm kind of surprised that I was over 40 minutes for this, especially since I was nice and buoyant in the salty water in a wetsuit. Maybe its because of the time it took to haul myself out of the bay and get to the mat? Except for some neck and underarm chafing, this was a really nice swim. I kept everything calm and relaxed. There wasn't a lot to look at as far as landmarks, so you really did have to use the buoys for siting. They were kind of small, but I think my lines were pretty straight.
What would you do differently?:

Practice in a wetsuit more. It felt strange.
Transition 1
  • 04m 46s

Oh wow, this was awful. I've actually never gotten out of a wet wetsuit before, and it was embarrassing how difficult I found it. There was a long walk/run from the water into transition, so it would have been a long T1 time regardless. But wow. So bad.
What would you do differently?:

Practice in a wetsuit more!!
  • 1h 38m 43s
  • 24.5 miles
  • 14.89 mile/hr

My plan was to get faster with each 5 mile chunk, and I was successful! The course was really pretty, although a bit lonely since the Aqua Bike athletes were the last wave. Since I'm a slow/average swimmer and a slow cyclist, I didn't see a lot of people. I did manage to pass a few, which is encouraging.
Right at the beginning I heard a terrible noise when I pedaled. Figured out within the first five minutes that it was my frame pump that had fallen down and was getting smacked by my pedal with every stroke. Hopped off, stuffed it in my hydration pack, and got going again.
The last few miles were really starting to get tough. I had to bargain with myself a bit to keep on pushing and not let off the gas. So proud of myself!
What would you do differently?:

For the first time every, I'm really pleased with my bike. Yes, I wish I were faster, but that will come with work and some weight loss. But I really gave it everything I had.
Post race
Warm down:

Some confusion about where Aqua Bike athletes went, then some picking my way through the mud pit that was transition to gather my things. I was a little bit goofy, which usually means I need some water and salt. Gathering my things and walking was my warm down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fitness and weight. I wasn't very consistent with my workouts, so even though I had a lot of improvement in confidence, it didn't translate into speed since my overall fitness didn't improve. I'm also much heavier than I was last season.

Event comments:

This was my first time doing a Kinetic race. I've heard really good things, and overall, this was a nice race. If I had a complaint, it would be about the volunteers. So many of them seemed lackluster, or just plain weren't doing their jobs. I would suspect the volunteer coordinator did not provide adequate directions. It is not helpful to stand at an intersection with your flag, not moving. Am I supposed to turn, go straight ahead? Good thing I had studied the map and knew where I was going.
It wouldn't stop me from doing another Kinetic race. I'm sure the others are great. In fact, I'm really looking forward to doing another race on this course, hopefully a triathlon if my run is up to it.

Last updated: 2018-07-11 12:00 AM
00:40:09 | 1500 meters | 02m 41s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/7
Overall: 7/7
Performance: Average
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:46
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:38:43 | 24.5 miles | 14.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/7
Overall: 7/7
Performance: Good
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2018-10-03 10:36 AM

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Falls Church, Virginia
Subject: Waterman's International

2018-10-04 6:50 PM
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Subject: RE: Waterman's International

Congratulations!  I find getting in and out of a wet suit to be a complete workout. And,i look like an idiot doing both too!!

2018-10-05 2:17 PM
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Subject: RE: Waterman's International

Great job!  Excellent work on the bike, especially after solving the noise mystery quickly.  Congratulations!

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